With the new millennium I have continued to spin and produce as Infinite Fury Sound. Reggae and Dub are still prevalent styles although I have tried to be more eclectic and broaden my mix by incorporating the Industrial-Funk and Post-Punk that inspired me to DJ originally, as well as Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul, World Rhythms, Electronic and Experimental sounds that I've picked up along the way. I've played at The Hidden House Lounge (Friday Night Live, The Shop), Bikini Lounge (602'sdays), FilmBar Phoenix (Eclectic Sound System with Dr. Pressure), The Lost Leaf, Yucca Tap Room (The Yard with DJ Organic, Blunt Club), Palo Verde Lounge (The Dublight Zone), Record Bar, K.C., MO, spun for O.G. Smiley, The Mighty Diamonds and Shinehead concerts, and won the 2011 Bragging Rights Dancehall Spin-Off at Scottsdale's Ocean 11 Night Club.
Born in Kansas City, MO in 1972, by junior high school music and art had become my primary interests, the former particularly. I was drawn towards Punk, which both indirectly led me to Reggae and influenced me to want to form a band. In high school I played drums for Punk/Noise band Golliwogg (Check out Golliwogg live at Hoohas, K.C., MO 1989). We didn't make any studio recordings (although we are working on them now) but played numerous shows, opening for bands such as Tupelo Chain Sex, Slint, Chemical People and All. We played the legendary Outhouse in Lawrence, KS as well as at K.C. teen-club Oasis where our singer/bassist/guitarist Billy landed a DJ gig. Later on, I would have my first DJing experiences there, spinning Alternative/Industrial sounds like Tackhead and Meat Beat Manifesto as well as Hip-Hop that had caught my ear, like Public Enemy, B.D.P., N.W.A. & De La Soul.
See live Golliwogg video here.
During the nineties I played Phoenix area clubs such as The Jockey Club, The Roxy, Zazzoo, Sail Inn (The Boom-Bap with DJ Z-Trip and The Yard with Al "Oopy" Page), The Cage, Bojo's, The Congo, Electric Ballroom, Nita's Hideaway, Mingles aka Mable Murphy's and Likkle Montego Jamaican Restaurant. I also spun for several concerts, including The Itals, Andrew Bees and Jeru The Damaja as well as the Stone Love and Beenie Man shows alongside my bredren Ras-I as Random Fury Sound.
In 1990, after graduating high school, I moved to Phoenix, AZ. I left my drum kit behind, but still hungered to make music. Turntables, Drum Machines and Samplers became my instruments of choice and I was listening to a lot of Hip-Hop, On-U Sound & Dub Reggae, Techno/Breakbeat, Trip-Hop, Acid Jazz and Dancehall. By 1993 I was starting to get some recognition as a DJ. I went as DJ Jonnie at that time but when I became friends with DJ Z-Trip, he advised me to be more serious and ambitious as a DJ and to come up with a name, I've been J-Cut ever since. Another selector that I became friends with was Santos (Saint) who had the idea that I should focus on spinning Dancehall Reggae, because I would mix it into my sets and it always got the crowds hyped. There were relatively few Selectors, or DJ's that spun Dancehall in Phoenix at that time so I used selection as a skill that set me apart from other local DJ's where as my cutting and scratching skills alone may have fallen short.
Currently I am working on production for a few projects. Genocide Mosaic, with Brutal aka Urban War Machine, is the first that I must mention, watch for upcoming material. Additionally, I've been collaborating on a few experimental/electronic pieces for a project tentatively titled PRVT PRSNS. I've also started my first blog Vinyl Encounters Of The...Rewind on which I discuss and play records and music, which will be in conjunction with an online 'zine that I'm helping with, MeatSheet. 2016 is going to be a big year, stay tuned!